Dangerous Women (anthology)

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Dangerous Women
First edition cover
EditorsGeorge R. R. Martin
Gardner Dozois
Original titleFemmes Fatale
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction/Fantasy
PublishedDecember 3, 2013
PublisherTor Books
Media typePrint (hardcover)
Preceded byWarriors 
Followed byRogues 

Dangerous Women is a cross-genre anthology featuring 21 original short stories and novellas "from some of the biggest authors in the science fiction/fantasy field", edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois and released on December 3, 2013.[1][2] The works "showcase the supposedly weaker sex's capacity for magic, violence, and mayhem" and "explores the heights that brave women can reach and the depths that depraved ones can plumb."[3] In his own introduction, Dozois writes: "Here you'll find no hapless victims who stand by whimpering in dread while the male hero fights the monster or clashes swords with the villain ... And if you want to tie these women to the railroad tracks, you'll find you have a real fight on your hands."[2]

According to Dozois, Dangerous Women was conceived as a "cross-genre anthology, one that would mingle every kind of fiction, so we asked writers from every genre—science fiction, fantasy, mystery, historical, horror, paranormal romance, men and women alike—to tackle the theme."[4] The anthology was originally announced as Femmes Fatale.[5] Martin noted that the works by himself, Brandon Sanderson, Diana Gabaldon, and Caroline Spector are novellas.[6] The anthology won the 2014 World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology.



Both Abercrombie's "Some Desperado" and Martin's The Princess and the Queen were nominated for 2014 Locus Awards.[7] The anthology as a whole won the 2014 World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology.[10]


  1. ^ "Dangerous Women Arrives on Tor.com". Tor.com. July 24, 2013. Retrieved November 19, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Driscoll, Molly (July 31, 2013). "George R.R. Martin's new novella will be a part of the anthology Dangerous Women". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved November 21, 2013 – via CSMonitor.com.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Fiction Book Review: Dangerous Women by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois". PublishersWeekly.com. October 7, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2013.
  4. ^ Dozois, Gardner (December 3, 2013). ""Introduction"". Dangerous Women. Tor Books. ISBN 978-0765332066. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  5. ^ Snodgrass, Melinda (December 2, 2013). "Deadlier Than the Male". TorForgeBlog.com. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d e Martin, George R. R. (January 23, 2013). "Not A Blog: A Dangerous Delivery". GRRM.livejournal.com. Retrieved January 23, 2013. For those who like to lose themselves in long stories, the Brandon Sanderson story, the Diana Gabaldon story, the Caroline Spector story, and my Princess and Queen are novellas.
  7. ^ a b c "2014 Locus Awards Winners". Locus. June 28, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
  8. ^ "Official site: Virgins (Dangerous Women)". DianaGabaldon.com. December 7, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  9. ^ Franlich, Darren (December 6, 2013). "Book Review: Dangerous Women". Entertainment Weekly. No. 1288. p. 81. Retrieved July 16, 2014.
  10. ^ "World Fantasy Awards Winners 2014". Locus. November 9, 2014. Archived from the original on November 10, 2014. Retrieved March 6, 2015.